Sponsored by PRS Guitars
Primus’ Les Claypool
and Ler LaLonde
reveal how friendship
and new tone toys
helped them resurrect
the most bizarre power
trio of the last 25 years.
How a small retail shop in L.A. morphed into
becoming a builder of the most radical designs
of the 1970s and ’80s—and then managed to
redefine Reagan-era metal guitar.
DREAM THEATER Dream Theater’s twin shred deities—guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung—discuss the hoopla over founding drummer Mike Portnoy’s departure, their tendon-thrashing hand workouts, and the record- ing of their latest epic, A Dramatic Turn of Events.
AVANT GUITAR 101:
Five of the freakiest, most out-there experimental guitar pioneers talk about wielding bizarre
implements—everything from chopsticks to
electric fans—in a tireless quest to discover new
modes of 6-string expression.
Jaw-dropping classical guitarist Matt Palmer reveals
how his love of ’80s shredders like Yngwie Malmsteen
and an unwanted gift from his mother inspired him
to turbocharge the “Classical Gas” mentality of yore
and create his own mind-bogglingly fast nylon-string
Master builder and chief engineer
Gene Baker has been around and then
some—from studying at GIT to work-
ing for Gibson and the Fender Custom
Shop to having his own prestigious shop
torpedoed by unscrupulous lenders to
heading up one of the guitar industry’s
most intriguing gear onsortiums.
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